The brand's innovative 1.4-litre four-cylinder TSI engine accumulated 354 points from 65 judges to secure first place.
In a close battle, the Volkswagen beat the 2007-08 champion, BMW's 3.0-litre twin tubo six-cylinder engine, by just four points (350 points in total) before a somewhat larger gap to third place getter Audi and its 2.0-litre TFSI unit on 220 points.
“It was an easy choice,” said international motoring journalist Peter Robinson. “TSI combines outstanding refinement with terrific performance and low consumption and emissions.”
The top eight winners this year were as follows:
- Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharged (354 pts)
- BMW 3.0-litre DI Twin-Turbo (350 pts)
- Audi 2.0-litre TFSI (220 pts)
- Mercedes-Benz 2.1-litre TD Blue (203 pts)
- BMW 4.0-litre V8 (203 pts)
- Mercedes-Benz (AMG) 6.2-litre (114 pts)
- BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo (107 pts)
- Toyota 1.0-litre (74 pts)